Merry Christmas!

Saturday, 24 December 2016 - 21:08 UTC

Merry Christmas!

The coronal hole solar wind stream is subsiding and our Sun has gone to sleep. No sunspot groups are currently visible on the earth-facing solar disk. That means we are in for some quiet space weather in the foreseeable future.

While we wait for more interesting space weather we like to wish all of our visitors a Merry Christmas! Please enjoy this realtime footage of an aurora display over Kiruna (Sweden) on 4 October of this year. Happy holidays!

Current data suggest that it is not possible to see aurora now at middle latitudes
The solar wind speed is currently moderately high (533 km/sec.)

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Today's space weather

Auroral activity Minor Severe
High latitude 20% 20%
Middle latitude 5% 1%
Predicted Kp max 2
Solar activity
M-class solar flare 1%
X-class solar flare 1%

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